Researching Internet Governance: Methods, Frameworks, Futures

EN. A multidisciplinary book that takes internet governance research as a research subject in its own right, discussing methods and conceptual approaches.

  • Editors: Laura DeNardis, Derrick Cogburn, Nanette S. Levinson and Francesca Musiani
  • Introduction by Sandra Braman
  • Contributors: Farzaneh Badiei, Davide Beraldo, Sandra Braman, Ronald J. Deibert, Dame Wendy Hall, Jeanette Hofmann, Eric Jardine, Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Aastha Madaan, Stefania Milan, Milton Mueller, Kieron O’Hara, Niels ten Oever, Rolf H. Weber
  • Publisher: The MIT Press, 2020

The open access edition of this book was published with the support of a generous grant from the Hewlett Foundation Cyber Initiative to the Internet Governance Lab at American University.


EN. The design and governance of the internet has become one of the most pressing geopolitical issues of our era. The stability of the economy, democracy, and the public sphere depend on the stability and security of the internet. Revelations about election hacking, facial recognition technology, and government surveillance have gotten the public’s attention and made clear the need for scholarly research that examines internet governance both empirically and conceptually. In this volume, scholars from a range of disciplines consider research methods, theories, and conceptual approaches in the study of internet governance.

The contributors show that internet governance is not only about governments; it is enacted through technical design, resource coordination, and conflicts at various invisible control points. They discuss such topics as the emergence of “internet governance” as an area of academic study and a real-world policy arena; the scholarly perspectives of STS, the law, computer science, and political science; the use of big data and text mining in internet governance studies; and cybersecurity.

Table of contents

Series Editor’s Introduction

1: Introduction: Internet Governance as an Object of Research Inquiry

2: The Irony of Internet Governance Research: Metagovernance as Context

3: Inventing Internet Governance: The Historical Trajectory of the Phenomenon and the Field

4: Science and Technology Studies Approaches to Internet Governance: Controversies and Infrastructures as Internet Politics

5: A Legal Lens into Internet Governance

6: Web Observatories: Gathering Data for Internet Governance

7: Taking the Growth of the Internet Seriously When Measuring Cybersecurity

8: Researching Technology Elites: Lessons Learned from Data Collection at Google and Facebook

9: Big Data Analytics and Text Mining in Internet Governance Research: Computational Analysis of Transcripts from 12 Years of the Internet Governance Forum

10: Studying Discourse in Internet Governance through Mailing-List Analysis

11: The Biases of Information Security Research

12: The Multistakeholder Concept as Narrative: A Discourse Analytical Approach

13: Toward Future Internet Governance Research and Methods: Internet Governance Learning